1.40 Mongey Communications Maiden Hurdle (Div I) 2m
The trip is a slight concern for Bodhisattva whose three outings to date have all come at 2m 4f but he might still prevail. He took a marked step in the right direction at Punchestown last time when beaten 2l into third by Grandero Bello and that effort suggests that a maiden success is within reach.
Haribo Collonges looks a lively danger after beginning his career with a sixth to Irish Blaze in a maiden over this course and distance last month when he was beaten just over 10l.
Next Best: Haribo Collonges
2.15 Mongey Communications Maiden Hurdle (Div II) 2m
Dartington looks to have been found a good opportunity as he looks to build on an encouraging hurdling debut at Leopardstown over Christmas where he was beaten just over 3l into fourth.
The form of that race hasn’t worked out especially with the only two winners to emerge from the contest both exiting at the second last hurdle but a repeat of his Leopardstown effort should see Dartington home.
Morning Logic ran a nice race to reach the frame in a Killarney bumper on his debut last May. He has a 307-day absence to overcome but still looks more than good enough to be involved.
Next Best: Morning Logic
2.50 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle 2m
This might go to Petit King who showed promise in a couple of maiden hurdle runs earlier in the season.
He then switched to handicaps last time and although held in fourth when coming down at the last in a Gowran handicap won by Macs Charm he was still running a very creditable race. This possibly isn’t as strong a contest and a return to this trip could work in his favour.
Rodney Bay’s third to Innovated in a Fairyhouse maiden a couple of months ago was a decent effort and he should be involved if getting back to that form.
SELECTION: PETIT KING
Next Best: Rodney Bay
3.25 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle 2m 6f 90yds
Bronn can take advantage of a significant drop in grade. On his hurdling debut he produced a nice effort to win a Naas maiden two months ago when he had the subsequent Grade 2 winner Flame Bearer back in third.
He struggled when upped to Grade 1 company next time and eventually finished a well-held fifth behind Minella Cocooner. This is a much easier assignment though and he is entitled to progress after just three career starts.
Daily Present looks a nice staying type and his Fairyhouse maiden win over subsequent winners Prevaricate and Lady Rita makes him a lively contender. Jaycean is another promising sort but has relative inexperience to overcome.
Next Best: Daily Present
4.00 Webster Cup Chase (Grade 2) 2m
He has to contend with a Grade 1 penalty but Master McShee boasts current top-level form and comes here at the peak of his powers which earns him the vote.
His last-gasp defeat of Farouk D’Alene in a Limerick Grade 1 in December represented a fine effort and he possibly did better again when running a 9l second to Galopin Des Champs at the Dublin Racing Festival.
A drop back to 2m at a track such as this isn’t a concern and he can deal with the 2020 winner Castlegrace Paddy who ran a creditable third to Dunvegan in a Grade A handicap chase at Fairyhouse two months ago.
SELECTION: MASTER MCSHEE
Next Best: Castlegrace Paddy
4.35 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final (Grade B) 3m
Wa Wa makes plenty of appeal. He progressed nicely over fences earlier in the season with wins at Killarney and Naas (a race that worked out well) and then ran an honourable fourth to Conflated in a Grade B handicap chase over 2m 4f here in December.
Subsequent events relate that Wa Wa faced a nigh on impossible task last time and he actually ran better than this final position would suggest. The return to a longer trip will suit and he can defeat Ballyshannon Rose.
The Grade 2 winner is lumbered with top weight but another bold showing is expected following her second in a decent 2m 4f novice handicap chase at Naas last month.
SELECTION: WA WA
Next Best: Ballyshannon Rose
5.10 Meath Farm Machinery Handicap Chase 2m 1f
His last couple of runs would suggest that Hollybank King is a solid option. He defeated Brandy Harbour by a 1l when scoring over 2m at Thurles last month and posted another solid effort to finish a 5l second to That’s Lifebuoy over 2m at Gowran just over a week later. His last run suggested that he could win again off his revised mark.
The veteran Spare Brakes looks a likely contender as he attempts to follow up his win in a claiming hurdle at Limerick last month and that effort was preceded by a close third in a 2m 5f handicap chase at Fairyhouse.
SELECTION: HOLLYBANK KING
Next Best: Spare Brakes
5.45 Racing Again March 29 (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race 2m
Santonito would be a deserving winner having filled the runner-up spot on his three bumper outings to date.
He was beaten just a nose by Embassy Gardens over 2m 4f at Leopardstown at Christmas and last time out he finished a 5l second to Seabank Bistro at Naas over 2m 3f. He should cope with this trip and he might be able to deal with Gardener who ran a race full of promise to finish a close third to Madmansgame in a bumper here last month.
Next Best: Gardener